When we started looking for a house my top request was that I would have my own office/craft room. There was no getting around this request as it was the main reason we were moving out of the RV. Although this room will probably always be a work in progress I am very pleased with how it looks at this moment and wanted to share.
This a view from the entryway and to the right is where I have my sewing machines and Cricut Maker set up. The tabletops are from IKEA. I bought the cabinets under the tables from Wayfair I believe and had been using them in the RV. I brought them with me as they are perfect for storing sewing supplies and Cricut vinyl. I had wanted to get white tabletops, but the first day I went to IKEA (which is 2 hours away) they didn’t have all three tables I needed in white. As a matter of fact I had a black corner unit and two white tables on each side. Two weeks later I went back for more stuff and they had the black tabletops in stock so I got those, but still used the white legs to tie everything together. I ended up using one of the tables in my laundry room. (Yes my laundry room is big enough for a folding table).
The peg boards are from IKEA along with most of the accessories. I’m not completely happy with my thread organizers and will probably swap them out for something to hang on the wall.
Over in the corner opposite the door is my desk for work as I have been working from home since March 2020 due to the pandemic. I needed space to spread out and this room has definitely given me that ability. I have my work laptop and extra monitor along with my personal laptop and accessories and still have room to do my work. The desk was purchased in 2018 from Ashley Furniture when we lived in a house in Clarksville and then put in our RV when we moved into it for over a year. I love the size of this desk.
You can also see my craft table in this pic where I can do my painting and crafty stuff. The bookshelves came from IKEA. The tabletop is a piece of 4×8 melamine board that I bought at Home Depot and had them cut to the measurement that I needed for my tabletop. The board itself is a lot heavier than you think so it is very sturdy. I added L brackets underneath to hold it to the shelving units. I also added wheels to the shelving units so I can move the whole thing around if I need to get under it. The edge of the melamine board has to be finished with an edging that you literally iron on. It’s hard to see in this pic, but I added a measurement strip to the top that is 60″ (the length of the tabletop) long. It helps to be able to measure my fabric. I have stools on each side so I can sit if I want to. I also made the curtains.
As you go on around the room there is my file cabinet, which matches the desk and serves as a place for my printer. The black laundry hamper (bought at Amazon) houses my AO patterns that I had printed. My mannequin came from Wawak, which is a great place for all things sewing related and more. You should really check them out. The price of their thread is amazing.
I love the Kallax Units from IKEA, which is what you see here below the television. There are a ton of options for the shelves including adding drawers, doors, baskets and so much more. I added 8 drawers to the bottom of one side and 4 doors to the other side. I love the ability to keep some of my stuff tucked away and out of sight.
Another view of my awesome table, which is the best part of this whole room. I’m pretty much already maxed out on the fabric storage so I’m not sure what I will do when I keep buying more fabric because we all know I will keep buying it even though I can’t possibly sew it all in the next month of two. I also have a Billie bookshelf, from IKEA, in the closet that is holding all my interfacings that I buy on bolts.
I found the cutest pattern for storage tubs from Rosie Taylor Crafts. I made the small size to put my clips in and cannot wait to make the medium and large version. To be honest, I can’t believe I haven’t already made a slew of these. The pattern is very easy to follow and sewing it together was a piece of cake. I would recommend these to anyone who needs a pretty storage container to sit on their sewing table, dresser or anywhere for that matter. They can be so versatile, the ways you could use them are endless.
I didn’t take pics as I was making it as I wasn’t sure how it would turn out and it takes so long to make something when you stop to take pics every few minutes. I’ll try to take pics when I make the next one and show all the steps.
I used cotton fabric I purchased from Hobby Lobby. I sewed with a red thread against the navy fabric on purpose so the quilting lines would show up. I need more practice on hand sewing as it has been a long time since I have had any reason to hand sew. The binding at the top is machine sewed to the tub part and then folded to the inside and handsewn down. I could have finished this off a little tighter, but will attempt to do better on the next one.
As I’ve said many times, I love to sew and create things, whether it’s something for me to wear or display in my house, it is a feeling of accomplishment when I see the finished project. I’ve been buying pdf sewing patterns off the internet for about two years. I hate to admit, but I’ve bought way more than I’ve made, but this year I’m trying to change that as I would love to sew at least one item from each pattern I have bought.
The following is called the Hannah and it was designed by Sonia Estep Designs. I don’t get any kickbacks for linking her website, I just wanted to make it easier for you to find her. This was one of the easier patterns I have made. I literally printed this pattern with my printer, taped it together, cut out the pieces and then placed on the material and cut it all out all in less than an hours time, probably more like 30-40 minutes.
Sewing time was less than an hour as well as for this style only required sewing the shoulder seams together, attaching the sleeve and then sewing the side seams together from the sleeve to the bottom hem. From there you sew your cuffs, bottom band and neck band together and then fold in half wrong sides together to attach to the sleeves, neck and bottom of design. As I type this out I’m thinking “that sounds easy enough” and to be honest it is. I was so shocked by just how easy, which is why I will be making more of these in different types of fabric. This particular pattern can also be made with a front pocket, collar and even a hoodie can be added.
I think the design looked better on my mannequin than on me, but that’s because I hate ALL pictures of myself.
The fabric was purchased from Mily Mae Fabric (I do not get kickbacks for linking their site either). It is called Vortex Rib Knit and this is the denim color. I love the feel and texture of the fabric, but don’t believe I will order this color again as I notice on things that are denim they seem to wash out and I guess that is to keep the denim look, but I’m not a fan of that for anything but my jeans.
A few days ago I posted about my daughter asking me to sew a dress for my granddaughter for Christmas, although I was planning on sewing one up from myself. In the end everything turned out for both of us as she chose one color dress and I chose another. I went with a navy blue with dainty flowers using the same pattern as the previous dress. As I stated before this pattern is one of the easiest I have ever sewn. The fabric content was also a little different.
I couldn’t forget about her American doll, so not only did the granddaughter get a dress for herself, but she also got one for her doll as well.
Finished doll dress
Finished dress for granddaughter!
UPDATE: Once Christmas got here and she opened her gifts all the work involved was worth it to see the smile on her face. Notice the cat shoes on the doll…they were so cute and she is a big fan of kitty cats.
Successful gift giving!
My daughter approached me about sewing matching dresses for my granddaughter and her best friend as a Christmas present. In addition, she wanted a matching dress for each of their American Girl dolls. At first I was hesitant as I had already planned to sew the same style dress as a gift from me so I wasn’t sure I wanted to commit to doing it, but in the end I give in deciding that she could always use an extra dress and this would be special since her best friend would have one that matched.
The pattern I was using I had sewn for her a couple times last year and she loves it because it has pockets and I love it because of its simplicity. The sleeves are included in the bodice so you don’t have to add sleeves. There are only 3 pieces to cut out: front, back and pockets. However, there is another option to the dress that includes doing the bodice in one color and the skirt in another, so if you do that version there would be 5 pieces. The dress is designed to be cut from knit fabric. I sent my daughter about 20 different choices of fabrics that I was willing to sew and she picked the color she wanted. I made these dresses by taking the girls measurements and determining what size to cut the pattern from. The pattern is from Annelaine Patterns called Clementine and can be purchased online. (I don’t get any kickbacks from this company and just sharing because it is a fun and easy pattern to sew and comes in many sizes). My granddaughter had gone from needing a size 7 to a size 10. I was able to use the size 7 from last year for the best friend. I ordered extra fabric just in case and ended up using it to make another dress for my other granddaughter in a size 4.
The pattern for the dolls is only 2 pieces, front and back. Once you cut out the pattern, sew the shoulders together, then the side seams. All that’s left is folding in the neckline and hem and sew. I done these in a zig zag stitch for the doll dresses.
Both doll pieces
Doll piece just needs neckline and hem completed
One of the girls dresses with shoulders and side seams complete. Just needs neckline, sleeves and hem completed.
The completed doll dresses
The granddaughters completed version
The one for the best friend
The one for the other granddaughter